Game Preview: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals - FOX 32 News Chicago

Game Preview: Bears at Cardinals

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FOX Chicago Sports' Tom Waddle previews Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.


The offense struggles continue for the good guys. After another inept performance, the Chicago Bears are averaging just 14 points per game over the last six weeks. The running lanes are still clogged and Brandon Marshall continues to be the only threat in the passing game. Still no rhythm, still no identity. It all adds up to a season of massive offensive disappointment.

As hard as it may be to believe, the Arizona Cardinals are even more inept on offense. They rank last in yards per game, 30th in points per game, 30th in passing yards and last in rushing yards. Rookie Ryan Lindley is the third ineffective quarterback the Cards have run out there and he's posted a dreadful 45 quarterback rating.

Don't laugh, but the Bears get the edge on offense.


Once again, while not dominant, the Bears defense held their own again Sunday. The takeaways have dried up and the consistent pressure is no longer there, but they still rank 3rd in scoring defense allowing just 17 points per Sunday. It's not fair, but they will continue to be asked to carry the heavy load as their offensive counterparts scuffle.

Defense is also the strong suit of the Cardinals. They are loaded with playmakers at every level. Calais Campbell is a dominant force on the edge and Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowl caliber corner who has 7 interceptions on his resume this year. The cardinals lead the league with 22 picks.

Overall, I have to give the Bears defense a slight edge.

Special Teams

Olindo Mare did his job delivering on both of his attempts last week. Devin Hester provided a few flashes, but the return game has not been a factor.

Jay Feely has hit on 21 of 24 field goal attempts and Patrick Peterson is an elite punt returner.

The special teams is a draw.


Needless to say, after a 7-1 start, the last six weeks have been a massive disappointment. Once in full control of their playoff destiny, the Bears now have to win out and hope for a little help. On paper, Lovie's guys are the better team and should be able to get back on track in he desert. But the psyche of this team is damaged and assuming they are capable of beating an inferior team is a leap of faith. Expect a defensive battle as both of these offenses are a disaster. With points at a premium, this one may come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. That means turnovers are crucial. And that means the Bears must take advantage of an inexperienced quarterback. I'm not expecting a miracle, or even a moderate offensive output. But I am expecting the Bears to show up and play with pride, keeping their playoff hopes alive.


Bears 20, Cardinals 13

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